Why People Don’t Take Action, and How To…

September 12th, 2012 by KP

Been a while since posting on here.

So my sister just forwarded this article on Zen Habits to me – The Habit of Starting, and it sparked a few thoughts in my head of thought processes I’ve been doing lately.

I think the biggest thing for taking action, or starting & creating a new habit is all in your mind. For me, it’s making either the pleasure or pain of the result if you do or don’t take action as intense as possible. When we take action it’s almost always because we’re either moving towards pleasure or away from pain, so making the feeling of pleasure of the result if you do take action, or making the feeling of pain if you don’t take action, so damn intense that you can’t help but take action. Make yourself think & visualize circumstances that would cause pain such as “If I eat XYZ”, or “If I don’t get up & exercise right now, then I will continue to be unhappy with myself physically & mentally” and then for pleasure like “If I eat ABC”, or “If I get up & exercise right now, then I will achieve a disciplined mind & body I am proud of.” You just need to make the feelings of pleasures & pains as intense as possible when you visualize them in order to have no other choice than actually to crave taking action.

Like in the article, the reason we don’t take action is because we’re comfortable. Our comfort zones keep us standing still, comfort is the death of growth, and if we’re not growing we’re dying. So if comfort = no action, then discomfort = action. Using the visual & mental intensity to create emotions of pleasure & pain is a good way to reverse that comfort feeling that so often makes us sit still & not progress, so that it becomes more uncomfortable to actually not take the right action.

Another default I like to do when about to make a decision, whether it’s something I’m about to eat / drink, something I’m about to do etc. is weigh up the short term consequences and the long term consequences of each choice. Example: I’m hungry and want to eat something. A fast food snack tastes good in the short term, but isn’t healthy, will no doubt make me crash in 30 mins, as well as cause me to be out of shape if I continue to snack on fast foods. A salad or spending 5 mins prepping a healthier meal for example might not taste as good in the short term, but it’s better for me nutritionally, will give me sustained energy rather than a quick 30 min burst then crash, and will aid me in achieving a healthy body & mind long term.

Looking at things like this and taking a moment of conscious thought before making a decision rather than responding to the decision unconsciously (unconscious decisions are almost always made using emotion rather than logic) may seem like nothing if you don’t do it “one time”, but that “one time” of taking action is the first step in either creating a good or bad habit. I still to this day haven’t found once instance where the long-term benefits don’t out-weigh the short-term benefits. It just takes a few seconds of conscious thought to make a rational decision rather than an emotional one. The frontal cortex in our brain is the only piece of hardware our bodies have that enable us to make rational, logical decisions rather than emotional ones, and it is that evolutionary frontal cortex that separates us from the animal kingdom where all act based on emotion. When we become slaves to our emotions, we are essentially backtracking in to primal form.

It’s in our moments of decision where our destiny is shaped, so every time you need to make a conscious decision, whether it be that you’re hungry & about to decide what you eat, take a step back and weigh up the short & long term consequences of your actions. With discipline comes reward.

“We are creatures of habit, which means we are what we repeatedly do. Excellence therefore, is not and act, but a habit.” – Aristotle

Feels good to get writing on here again.


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Keys To Mastery & Success: Key #5: Play the Edge

August 6th, 2011 by KP

Key 5: Play the Edge

Comfort is the enemy of the artist. If you find yourself doing something where you are comfortable, then you are doing something wrong. What comfort means, is that you’re not growing. Think of a time when you’ve been comfortable, were you growing? Was there an urge to want to grow & progress? What about a time where you were very uncomfortable, and you felt pain in an area, what about then, now was there an urge to grow & progress.

The areas we feel pain are almost always the areas that we are weak in. And that’s why we feel pain.

You have to want to expose yourself, and face down your ugly truths. That’s what can stop you from being a big star, so don’t be afraid to expose yourself.

We are pretty much all incompetent at everything we do. Someone’s fame is just because they became very interested in something and ended up taking it much further than anyone sane would ever have done.

The person who is best prepared is the person that practiced the most.

When you put fear & hope next to each other, which one overpowers the other. It should be neither. Instead, it should be fear vs. courage. But what is courage? Courage is not the absence of fear, but the judgement that something is more important than your fear. Ask yourself, is this more important than any fear?

Let go of your insignificant existence, to embrace something that when you walk in to a room people turn their heads & say “Damn there’s (me)”. All of a sudden, your existence effects the whole.

Each of us potentially is a genius. Each of us is unique in the entire universe. Never again will there be the chemical mixture that is me or you. We are all unique.

When so many pieces of the puzzle start falling in to place at the same time, and you start to achieve so many of your goals at the same time, and you’re also having fun doing it, you feel unstoppable. Almost like, what can’t I do? Not in a cocky way, but if you’re reaching your goals by doing something you love, then there’s no stopping anybody in that position.

I really believe, that a great deal of alcohol abuse, neurosis, unease, drug abuse, war, nervousness, crime, uncertainty, fear of failure, can all be attributed to the failure of developing our potential.

There’s nothing more tragic, than speaking to an elderly person and them saying –

“Looking back now, I realize that I wasted my life”
“I wish I did X”
“If only I had given X a shot”

It’s sad. But a lot of people don’t realise how short life is until the reality of time catches up with them. One thing you MUST confront, be comfortable with, and accept, is the one thing that is certain in life & that unifies every single one of us. We are all going to die. What you MUST do is think about that, realise it, and accept it. Not to live in fear because of it, but instead to face life with a new approach. A fearless approach. One where you realise time is running out with every second that goes by. You don’t scramble, instead you are patiently persistent, you chip away everyday at what you need to do, out of urgency to move as fast as possible, but not out of fear, but from a position of power & control over your conscious mind.

No longer do our emotions decide our actions. We now get clear on our goals, dreams, desires, & ambitions. The way to achieve these goals is relatively easy in theory, yet quite difficult in practice. The rules themselves are clear enough, and within everyone’s reach. But many forces, both within ourselves and in the environment, stand in the way. It is a little like trying to lose weight: everyone knows what it takes, everyone wants to do it, yet it is next to impossible for so many. The stakes here are higher, however.

It is not just a matter of losing a few extra pounds.

It is a matter of losing the chance to have a life worth living.

Developing our potential is a matter of upmost importance.

The Keys To Mastery & Success.

Mastery: Live it, don’t speak it.


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Keys To Mastery & Success: Key #4: Visualize the Outcome

August 4th, 2011 by KP

Key 4: Visualize the Outcome

You want to make your goal real & present in the realm of your consciousness, in other words as if it’s already happened. As if it is reality now.

Think in the present, you don’t wish “I want to do this”, it just is. What do we really intend? A lot is mental, a lot is imaging.

99% of the progress & practice ends up being small small details. The small details that no one else sees but you. And they’re the finite details that build mastery of a craft.

Is consciousness real or not real? People say “that’s just in your mind”, but does your consciousness exist in the universe? Yes, and it is very powerful. Then the idea is to have this mesh between your consciousness & the material world.

I visualize as if it’s happening, now. I see it exactly the way I want it to go down. The way you visualize is very important, you can’t visualize from the point of view of ‘this is what you would like to have happen’, but from the viewpoint of it is already happening, it is a done deal, it is reality.

The more you are prepared, the “luckier” you’ll get. The harder you work, the “luckier” you’ll get.

People think luck is this magical fate outside of our control, just being “in the right place at the right time”. But luck isn’t being in the right place at the right time, “luck” or what people think is luck, is THE RIGHT PERSON being in the right place at the right time. And how do you become that “right person”? Practice, and preparation. Practice is the preparation. Michael Jordan wasn’t “lucky” to be noticed for his ability, the fact he had worked his ass off & practiced harder than anyone else, that when “he was in the right place at the right time” he was actually “the right person in the right place at the right time”. That’s what luck is. Not down to fate, but down to you being ready for an opportunity when it presents itself to you.

When some people don’t think I can do something, it very gently, yet very powerfully pisses me off. Please do bet against me. A bet against a champion is a bad bet, a champion shows who they truly are when they are tested.

Imagine a moment where you are on your death bed, and you think, “I could have been…”. Trying something and giving it your best, the pain of that weighs ounces, sometimes more often than not you are proud of yourself for giving it your best shot. But the weight of regret, that weighs tons. A life of pain and being able to go to my dearth bed and say “I pulled it off, I did it” is a lot more inspiring to me than to think of a life of no pain & going to my death bed and saying “I didn’t really try to achieve my dream or to give it my best shot”. That’s bad news.

As a musician, all you need is your imagination. And then you channel the inner stuff. Where you get lost in the moment, you don’t think, you just flow. You feel it.

Visualize as if your dream is reality, as if it is happening right now. If you believe it as reality, it won’t be long before the “mesh” between your consciousness and the material world happens.


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Keys To Mastery & Success: Key #3: Mentorship

August 2nd, 2011 by KP

Key 3: Get a guide / Training / Guidance / Mentorship

Charisma & conviction, two keys of a master in their craft. Take notice of that when you choose your guidance or your mentor.

What are you practicing? What if you’re practicing wrong? Then you get very good at doing something wrong. So it’s a good idea to get a teacher/guide/roadmap/MENTOR. You will eventually learn that you are doing something wrong one way or another, but determining how long that will take to learn that lesson is leaving it down to fate.

A guide, training, or a mentor will auto-correct you as you go, zapping your errors the second you make them, fine tuning your “skill” in the moment rather than taking days or weeks or trying something and finally realizing it’s not done by doing X it’s done by doing Y. Mentorship will fix your mistakes in a fraction of the time it will take you to figure it out on your own.

If you take from one person it’s called stealing. If you take from many people it’s called research.

Spend your time taking & learning from the best of the best, the ‘kings’, the superstars, the masters of the craft, and then once you take everything from them, you spend the time in the dark shedding yourself away from them. This is when it becomes “you” rather than you becoming who you learned from. You gather your research, cherry pick what suits you, what you like, adapt it to yourself, then you go. Like Charlie Parker said:

“Master your instrument, master the music, then forget all that shit and just play.”

As an apprentice of your craft, you should never stop learning during the entire apprenticeship. Then when you reach the top, to stay at the top, guess what, you STILL never stop learning & exploring & expanding your knowledge base of your craft. If that isn’t the case, then you shouldn’t be doing it anymore. Remember, the key to growth is getting outside of your comfort zones & getting uncomfortable, so that once you’ve spent enough time being uncomfortable, what used to be outside of your comfort levels is now inside your comfort zone. If you’re not growing you’re dying. So in order to forever be growing, you have to continue to forever not be you.

Everyone that has made it to the top of their game has encyclopedias of knowledge on their craft. Vaults of information & learning aids that they have studied & studied & studied. This isn’t a coincidence. Find anyone, any video, any book, anything, that you can learn from in your craft. If you’re going to be here, then there’s a necessity to make a difference. It takes such a desperate obsessive focus, you have to focus with all of your fibers with all of your heart, with all of your creativity.

Be motivated by your fear of fear. Hate it when you are afraid or scared to do something. Attack your fears.

As the old adage goes, we have nothing to fear but fear itself.

The separation of talent & skill is one of the greatest misunderstood concepts for people who are trying to excel, who have dreams, that are trying to do things. Talent you have naturally. Skill is only developed by hours & hours & hours of beating on your craft. There’s no easy way around it, no matter how talented you are, your talent WILL fail you if you’re not SKILLED. If you don’t study, if you don’t work really hard, if you don’t dedicate yourself to being better every day, you won’t be able to communicate your artistry with people the way that you want to.

Never show up unprepared.

Surrender yourself to the art to the teacher, but that doesn’t mean you turn over your life to the teacher, you don’t want a guru. You still have to keep the autonomy inside yourself. You are finally the ultimate authority on your own practice.

The separation between failure and success in life is a knife’s edge. That knife’s edge is your attitude, which has the power to shape your reality. If you view everything through the lens of fear, you get reasons to not move forward, to not take action, and to stay in retreat mode. You can just as easily see a crisis, a problem, or a hurdle, as a challenge, an opportunity to prove your mettle. The chance to strengthen & toughen yourself, or a call to collective action. By seeing it as a challenge, you will have converted this negative fearful attitude into a positive fearless attitude purely by a mental process this will result in positive action as well.


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Don’t Let Your Lens Of Life Lose Focus

July 6th, 2011 by KP

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Don’t Let Your Lens Of Life Lose Focus.

I was at dinner with Jim & Anthony the other night, and we had some good talks about business & getting focused on priorities.

It’s tough to keep your head on straight & clear when everyone around you is living the high life & out doing fun shit, and you have to say no to it. It is tough, but it’s necessary. With us focusing on business & goals, like I said in one of my last posts, progress requires sacrifice. You have to always be focusing on the long term over short term. The short term is what most people chase, because you get almost immediate gratification from it, but the gratification is almost all of the time short lived too. Where as when you focus on the long term, this is what brings you the long term gratification and sustained happiness, rather than the short term happiness.

What I mean by this, is don’t let anyone knock you off course.

We were at Coachella this year, and after getting to sleep at 7am on Friday (well Saturday morning), for some reason I woke up 2 hours later at 9am and couldn’t sleep. So I went in the living room of the house we were staying at with everyone (about 10 of us were staying at this mansion, right across the street from Coachella literally walking distance!) got my laptop out and started replying to emails and getting on with some work.

There was me thinking everyone was asleep, but no surprise when Aaron comes walking in to the living room, hasn’t even slept yet and is up on his own lol.

He goes (in his aussie accent): “Mate what the fuck are you doing up?”

Me: “I can’t sleep so just getting on with some work”

Aaron” “Mate, you remind me of me. Let me tell you something, when I was your age everyone was telling me I was young & that I worked too much, that I need to let loose & live life up more. These are meant to be the best years of your life. I’m sure people say the same to you. Don’t fucking listen to any of them mate, just listen to yourself. Know the path you’re on, keep your head down & keep moving. Keep your head down for a few years of solid hard work, and life gets really fucking good mate. It’s all so worth it in the long run. Yes there’s a lot of work in the initial phase, but my life is amazing now, and every day for the past 8 years has got better and better. I can’t explain to you how much I love everyday of my life even more than the day before. Very very few people are willing to sacrifice the good times upfront in the short term, because they’re uncertain they’ll succeed, and they’re afraid they’ll “miss out”. What they don’t know, is sacrificing the short term now only leads to reaping the good times in the long run, and the long term gratification of living life is a billion times more rewarding than the short term. Difference between short term & long term, the short term rewards are short lived, long term rewards are long lived. They are consistently amazing. You’re doing it right mate, I’d tell you if you weren’t. Stay at it mate, listen to you, don’t listen to anyone else or let anyone knock you off track. Alright, now I’m off to bed.” (Aaron’s normal sleep hours are 9.30am -11.30am or so lol)

Aaron’s a really big mentor in my life, one of the most successful people I know & truly living Supernova, he’s living the life. Ferrari, sickest house in LA, most amazing social circle in the mecca of cities to make it big in the world. And he’s only 30. So that talk coming from him meant a lot.

It is hard to stay on track when you see EVERYONE you know living the high life, while you have to tell yourself everyday to keep focused on the long term & stay on track. Especially when it’s available to you, all you have to do is say yes and fall in to the fun. And the fun times feel so good, it’s so hard to resist. But that talk with Aaron, I play it over in my head again & again everyday. I told Jim the same story while we were at Aaron’s that day (watching every 4th July firework show in the South Cali area from Aaron’s house at the top of the hollywood hills, his view is literally a panoramic view of LA, from Malibu to South Bay, Santa Monica to downtown, it’s nuts there were fireworks going off everywhere you looked!)

After the three of us talking at Aaron’s and at dinner, Jim summed up everything by saying –

“Basically, what you have to do, is just not let yourself get caught up in everyone else’s shit.”

No matter how much fun it may seem, if you want to get the long term success as fast as possible, you can’t let anyone knock you off course. You have to stay true to yourself, and you can’t let your lens of life lose focus of who you are and what you’re striving for.

Jim said “I will carry mountains if I have to, as long as I’m still going to get to where I need to be.”

Basically nothing’s going to stop him getting to where he needs to go. And that’s the mindset you have to keep carved in stone in your mind.

The way to approach any goal, stay focused, stay on track, stay true to yourself and don’t let yourself get caught up in anyone else’s shit. If something needs to be done, don’t wait for someone else to do it, don’t complain, don’t think you’re unlucky for having to do it or got dealt a bad hand in life. Want to know something? Life is fucking hard when you’re trying to make it. Fact. The people who sit & complain that they got a bad hand in life, that they’re hard done by, don’t realise that EVERYONE gets dealt shit hands in the game of life! Everyone is hard done by!!!


No complaining, that’ life. Just do what needs to be done. That’s it, just do what needs to be done & there’s nothing else to it. Something needs to be done? Life knocks you down a peg & it feels like you’ve been dealt a bad hand? You feel like you’re hard done by? Welcome to real life. Get up, figure what the next step forward is, and get to it. Don’t let ANYTHING OR ANYONE knock you off course.

You’re the only person that has the ability to do that.

Til next time, suck it easy.


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I feel the addiction growing… Things are getting interesting

July 3rd, 2011 by KP

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The word ‘addiction’ seems to have a bad connotation attached when we hear it. And of course it should, because we immediately think of drug addicts. But I’m a drug addict, my drugs are business, the gym, my newest drug being producing, and they all fuel my #1 addiction – life. Let me rephrase that, my #1 addiction being Supernova.

I’m addicted to those as fuck.

Well what is an addiction? Addiction in my mind is an obsession or a compulsive physical and/or psychological dependency to anything. I’m a heavy addict when it comes to fitness & business. I OD on them everyday, 24/7. I can’t get enough of them. I need my fix everyday or I get heavy doses of anxiety. People might think that’s bad to be addicted to them, but I’m addicted to them, and when I’m addicted to something that is for long-term success of something I aspire towards, then there’s no way in hell I see that as bad and I sure as hell am not breaking those addictions anytime soon, if ever. For anyone.

These addictions are what have got me to where I am today, and not once in the past 2 years have I looked back and thought I’ve stopped moving towards where I want to be.

Right now I can feel myself becoming a heavy addict in another area, all my mind can think about is getting my producing fix.

After honing in on my time management this week and dedicating time blocks for each addiction I need my fix from, producing is my newest addiction. And I fucking love it.

I’m consuming myself in it.

Business & fitness (yes fitness for physical health, but more so for keeping my mind clean) are still #1 priority. I’ve always believed that keeping your mind & body healthy has a direct correlation to your success in business (I’m sure there are proven studies where this is true too), and right now with business being #1 priority & focus, that means so is fitness. Plus your mental & physiological health should not be something you ever slack on, after all our mind determines how we feel, how we feel determines our actions, our actions determine our results, so I strive to keep my mind as close to 100% healthiness 24/7 because it is the driving force behind your results.

This producing gig might seem overwhelming from the outsider looking in, I need to not only continue to learn & master the DAW (digital audio workstation) that I’ve been getting down these past couple months (Ableton Live) but I also need to learn –

– Sound production
– Production & recording
– EQ & the spectrum of sounds & tones
– Synthesis analysis
– VSTs & VSTis for the DAW
– Sampling
– MIDI & audio interfaces & controllers

And that’s just what I can think of right now. There’s going to be a load more to learn along the way too.

Seem like a lot to learn? FUCK NO!

It would seem like a lot if all I was focused on was the outcome. But the process of learning & mastering this new skill-set is going to be one of the most challenging, yet rewarding & fun experiences in my life. Success is in the journey.

Seeing the progress I’ve made in the past couple months alone gives me a buzz when I think about it, and all I can think & want to do is learn the next piece.

I used to think pro football (soccer for the yanks!) was where my passion was. But producing my own music, seeing what was once a white canvas now painted with the brightest sounds & melodies I’ve ever seen in my head, and turning the canvas into a masterpiece, putting smiles on the faces of the people that witness it… nothing has ever made me feel like this. I love to make people feel good, I mean who doesn’t? And music is a universal way to doing so. I love music, and if I can do what I love, and make billions of people happy from doing so in the process, that just makes me fall in love with it even more.

Myself & my best friends have always talked life being about your passion and purpose.

Find your passion & purpose & get addicted to it!

Who said all addictions were bad.


What is Greatness? Let Carlos Explain…

June 30th, 2011 by KP

“All who have accomplished great things have had a great aim, have fixed their gaze on a goal which was high, one which sometimes seemed impossible.” – Orison Swett Marden

These last few weeks, make that months, I have been consciously focusing on something I learned from Carlos (he’s been my roommate & is like a brother to me).

It was as I was driving him to the airport a couple months back.

Something I’ve noticed with him since I’ve known him is that he has an amazing ability of time management & his ability to chip away at what needs to be done along the course of a process everyday until the goal is reached is insane. He never attaches emotion to a process, it’s always just next step, next step, next step. I’ve literally seen with my own eyes, him wake up, go sit at his computer at 7am before eating anything, start chipping away at his biggest task of the day, when that got done he moves on to the next thing, and the next thing, and the next thing, until it gets to 7pm and he goes –

“Man I’m starving… Oh fuck it’s 7 o’ clock, I forgot to eat!”

Yet he’s just got 2 weeks worth of shit done in 12 hours. That is not a rare sight with him, I’ve seen him do this many a time, I’ve seen him work 96 hour days straight, see projects out until completion every time, even when they looked done for, and almost as if ‘magically’ they just turn around and he achieves success… it sets the bar for what self-discipline, commitment, hard work, and drive really is.

We were talking about making it big & making stuff happen. So I was talking to him, and he said something about ‘greatness’. He goes –

Dude, people think greatness is this huge spectacle of amazing shit that happens when you make it big. What greatness really is, when you know that someone has greatness inside them, is when they have to ability to do the little things that matter, everyday. Whether they want to or not, whether they’re really busy, whether they’re tired, they get it done anyway. They make time, they realise that getting the little things done that matter is more important than sleep, they realise that if they don’t do what needs to be done & move at the fastest pace you possibly can, someone else out there probably is moving at that pace, & that’s the difference between you or them crossing the finish line first.

He told me that & I felt the cogs inside me ‘click’ and the lightbulb lit up…

Holy fuck how true is that?! The kid is a fucking beast, and is why he is one of the biggest mentors in my life (among very few people) that truly have impacted my growth & evolution in to becoming who I am today.

Life is a game of inches, and like Tony Robbins says, your decisions are destiny. There is no silver medal in life. It’s in your moments of decision when your destiny is shaped. Choose your decisions wisely, taking action in that split second is the difference in earning gold medal, or losing.

So if you’re wondering what greatness is? That’s about the best definition I’ve ever heard anyone give it.

Greatness is not the end result, greatness is the ability to do the little things that matter that no one else sees, everyday, until completion. No excuses, no emotion, no complaining, just action because it HAS to be done. There’s no other choice. It just has to be done.

Like my boy V from London told me –

“Success is in the journey.”

Couldn’t be more true. And that’s why greatness is the key to Supernova.


Self-Discipline – The Key To Success Part II

June 28th, 2011 by KP

After my last post, “self-discipline – the keys to success part I“, I wanted to follow up with this.

There are 9 key disciplines to overall self-discipline.

Discipline #1: Clear Thinking

Any problem you have in life, go and sit somewhere in solitude with NO distractions whatsoever for 30-60 minutes. Then, almost like a miracle the answer(s) will come to you. Like when a bucket of water with silt in is swished around, after a while, all the silt sinks to the bottom & the water is now clear. Its the same with your mind, do the same thing to get it clear so you can think straight & decide how to act correctly. Take 60 minutes & just sit still & think.

The small voice you always hear will now shout so loudly you will be amazed you didn’t hear it before when it seemed so quiet. Now all the silt has set, you can hear it again.

“Think on paper”, write everything down. The most amazing things happen between the head & the hand. The subconscious will provide the solution.

Discipline #2: Daily Goal Setting

Focus & concentration are essential for success. If you cannot focus or concentrate, then you have to work for someone else or under someone else that will MAKE you focus & concentrate.

Focus & concentration are both habits you can practice with self discipline. Ask yourself what you would do right now if you had $10million and just 10 years to live.

Write down 10 goals you want to achieve in the next 12 months. Write them down as if they already existed in the present & personal (I earn, I drive, I acquire etc) tense – and add “by (deadline date)” to the end of each goal.

E.g. I earn $1,000,000 by December 3rd

Write down you goals every morning without looking at yesterday’s goals.

Discipline #3: Daily Time Management

Every minute spent in planning saves 10mins in execution. Plan your day before you begin. If you’re not following a plan you’re reacting to whatever’s going on.

It gives you a track to run on. It’s best to do this night before. “Write it down before you begin.”

Prioritize your list in to – A task is a must do, B task is a should do, C task is a nice task to do. Never do a b before an a task, discipline yourself not to do things that are low value. D tasks are delegate to someone else. E tasks are eliminate – they don’t matter,

A1 (most important), A2, A3, B1, B2… etc

Discipline yourself to focus on your A1 task until 100% completion before doing any of your other tasks or anything else. When you can demonstrate each morning that you have the self control, self mastery, self discipline to start & complete your most important task, it makes you feel powerful


Discipline #4: Courage

FORCE YOURSELF to do what you know you should do, ALL OF THE TIME.

No excuses.

Aristotle said, ” If you desire to have a quality that you don’t have, you must act in every instance where the quality is called for, and you will have it”

Ralph Waldo Emberson said, “Do the thing you fear, & the death of fear is certain”

Discipline #5: Excellent health habits

Design your perfect body, make a list of what you want your body like, cut pictures out of magazines of how you want your body to look.

Get up & do some exercise, whatever it is, your body will continue to burn calories all day, your brain will have highly oxygenated blood first thing in the morning.

Untold amounts of highly successful people get up at 5am/530am & go & workout to start their day. When you exercise in the morning, your brain releases endorphins, which make you feel good, and you start your day strong.

Eliminate the 3 white poisons, flour, sugar, salt. Its that easy.

Drink 8 glasses of water a day to flush all the crap & toxins out of your body.

Eat more salads & eat more fruit & veg. 70% of your diet should be fruits & vegetables.

Discipline #6: Regular Saving & Investing

Resolve to get out of debt & stay out of debt.

Re-wire yourself – instead of thinking ‘I like spending money’ change it to ‘I like saving money’. Think about how much you enjoy money in the bank, moving towards financial independence, enjoy delayed gratification.

As your income grows, save more & invest more. Like Einstein said, “Compound interest is the most powerful force in the universe”.

Save 10-20% of your income – “Pay yourself” a salary from the money that comes in. 10-20% can be a lot, so instead, develop the habit of saving 1% of your income in a savings account. Discipline yourself to live on the other 99%, then each month, up your saving amount by 1%.

Develop the habit of living on less than you earn.

#1 rule: DON’T LOSE MONEY. Making money is like digging sand with a pin, spending money is like pouring water on to sand. Its easy to lose money, its hard to make it & keep it.

Pay cash & not on credit cards, it will make you realise how much you’re spending instead of thinking as your credit card as an endless supply or as ‘play money’.

If you cannot save money, the seeds of greatness are not within you

Discipline #7: Hard work

I may be less talented, or knowledgeable than anyone else, but I am willing to work harder than anyone else

60-70 hours per week work for around 10 years is the commonality for highly successful people. The harder you work, the ‘luckier’ you get.

Work ALL the time that you allocate to work. No idle activities, no sidetracking. When it is work time, you work all the time that you work!!

Start 1 hour earlier & get to work earlier, then leave work later. Work is not fun, have your fun later, enjoy your fun later as a reward after you’ve had a productive & empowering day’s work.

Ask yourself – “what is the most valuable use of my time right now?” And get to it. Then just keep telling yourself, “back to work, back to work”.

Discipline #8: Continuous Learning

The rule is: To earn more, you have to learn more. Jim Rohn said “Work at least as hard on yourself as you do on your work”.

Read everyday – knowledge is power. Attend seminars & take courses where specialists in that field will shave years off of your learning curve.

To earn more, you have to learn more.

Discipline #9: Persistence

The greatest test of self discipline is when you persist in the face of adversity and you drive yourself forward to complete your tasks 100%

When you can drive yourself to keep on keeping on even when everyone around you feels like quitting, and you feel like quitting as well, but you keep on keeping on, is when you’re on the path to passing the test.

Two Parts to Courage:

1. First is the courage to begin, to start, to launch in the face of failure with no guarantee of success

2. Second is the courage to endure, to persist, & to keep on going when you’re tired, and you’re disappointed, nothing’s working, and there’s no guarantee of success & maybe a very large likelihood of failure, but you still don’t stop.


Your persistence is your measure of how much you believe in yourself & what you’re doing. If you truly believe in yourself & what you’re doing, you will continue to persist regardless of what’s going on on the outside.

The more you believe, the more you persist – The more you persist the more you believe in yourself & the value of yourself. Persistence is self-discipline in action.

Think of your persistence like your measure of self-discipline.

Self discipline leads to self esteem, self esteem makes you feel greater about yourself which leads to greater persistence, which leads to greater self discipline, and you get on to an upward spiral of life.

Persistence is to the character of a man or a woman, as carbon is to steel. You make yourself, you shape yourself, you carve, form & build yourself in to a superior human being, a better & stronger person, when you persist when you feel like quitting. Persistence, persistence, persistence.

Always persist until you have completed the task. Persistence has a magical way of melting away resistance.

Eventually you develop the habit of persistence & you become unstoppable.




The 7 benefits of self-discipline:

1. Creating the habit of self discipline guarantees your success.

2. When you practice self-discipline you’ll get more done, faster & better than others. It leads to higher levels of performance.

3. You’ll earn more. The people with the highest self-discipline who get the results are the ones who move immediately to the front of the line in life.

4. You have a greater sense of self control, self reliance & personal power. You feel you can do anything you put your mind to because you have the ability to discipline yourself to do it anyway

5. It is the key to self esteem, self respect & personal pride. Everytime you discipline yourself you’ll like yourself more, see yourself as a better person, feel great about yourself & feel personally proud of yourself. It affects your personality in a greatly positive way

6. Increase your self discipline, and you increase your self confidence. The lower your fears of failure & rejection will be. Eventually you develop bulletproof self confidence where you can walk through walls

7. With self discipline, you build a strength of character that will drive you to persist over any & all obstacles on your path until you succeed.

With self discipline, you achieve personal greatness.

Until next time boys & girls